Hand-cut and handmade vachetta leather card necklace that could also hold some small crystals on a leather cord with a necklace clasp. The card holder is 4.25" wide x 4" tall, on a 15" cord.
Stamped with Malachite Leather's logo on the back.
Vachetta is a full grain, un-dyed and un-finished vegetable tanned bovine leather, popularized by Louis Vuitton. This leather starts out as a light cream color, but with exposure to light, air, and oils, it develops a rich caramel color. It also burnishes with use, and is susceptible to water and oil marks, which allows each piece to develop its own unique character.
This type of leather is special for many reasons. Full grain leather is the most durable, as the top most, and strongest layer has not been removed to mask imperfections. Vegetable tanning is the most eco-friendly process for making leather because it uses natural tannins rather than chemicals, and the end product is bio-degradable. Cow hides are a by-product of the food industry, and provide a material that compares to no other in quality and character. The maker behind Malachite believes that as long as our current food industry is generating this valuable raw material, we should be putting it to good use making beautiful things that will last and be treasured.